Johnson Upward Bound

Johnson Upward Bound

Education by Engagement

Upward Bound at Northern Vermont University-Johnson is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education that is committed to providing modest-income first generation college bound students the academic background, college preparatory experiences and support needed to succeed in college immediately after high school.

Our program is funded to work with 102 area high school students from 7 area high schools who are required to meet one of the two following criteria: they will be the first in their family to graduate from college, or they are from a low-to-moderate income family. Two thirds of our students must meet both of these requirements.

NVU-Johnson Upward Bound will provide:

  • Free college-bound service

  • College tours/visits offered annually throughout New England

  • Leadership skill development

  • Career development

  • Summer program student stipend

  • Year-round academic support and guidance

  • Six-week academic/residential program on the Johnson campus

  • Paid academic/career internship

  • Annual community service learning projects

  • Waivers for SAT exams, college applications and AP exams

  • Test preparation for SAT exam


Upward Bound is a FREE program for students and families. Learn more about what we do and how to participate below.


Program Director